Long Island Teen Accepted to All 8 Ivy League Colleges
It’s a good dilemma to have.
Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, the valedictorian from Long Island, New York’s Elmont High School, has a difficult choice to make next year: She’s been accepted to all eight Ivy League colleges.
The daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Uwamanzu-Nna already has an impressive CV: She was an Intel finalist for research on cement that could keep underwater oil rigs from breaking apart. This week, she received an invite to the White House Science Fair, and her GPA is a staggering 101.6.
She’s also got perspective on her experience: “Though I was born here in American, I visited Nigeria many times,” she told Long Island ABC affiliate WABC7. “And I’ve seen that my cousins don’t have the same opportunities that I have. So definitely, whatever I do, I want to make sure that it has an impact on Nigeria.”
“I’ve struggled with numerous classes in the past,” she added. “But I guess what allowed me to be successful, ultimately, in those classes, at the end, is my persistence and my tenacity.”